Health matters in Exeter are run by two main bodies – Devon Primary Care Trust and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.
Devon PCT either provides or commissions a number of health services that are important to Exeter residents, including community hospitals such as Whipton Hospital; District Hospitals; NHS dental services and GP services.
For information on Devon PCT, please visit www.devonpct.nhs.uk
The RD&E was granted NHS foundation trust status in April 2004. This means that the hospital management and clinicians have been given extra powers to improve healthcare for local residents.
The RD&E NHS Foundation Trust, with its 850 beds, consistently scores highly in national league tables, and continues to expand to offer services to local people.
With an annual budget of £286m a year and over 5000 staff, the RD&E is a major employer in the local area.
Recent additions to its services include the Centre for Women’s Health, which was opened by Ben in June 2007 (was it?). A purpose-built £31.5m project, the centre brings together maternity, neo-natal and gynaecology services under one roof.
The RD&E has been particularly successful when it comes to combating hospital-acquired infections – in 2007, they successfully cut MRSA cases to just 18.
The maximum wait for an inpatient appointment in Exeter is now 20 weeks with a majority of patients waiting half this time. Waiting times in Accident and Emergency are low, with 99 per cent of patients waiting under four hours from arrival to admission or discharge.
GPs lists in Exeter are lower than the national average and Exeter GPs are rated highly by patients in the national survey of GP patients.
The South West Ambulance Service is Exeter’s patient transport service, for imformation on it please visit www.wcas.nhs.uk
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